ASIST Training at Harmless – 7th & 8th September

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2015  - £250* per person

To coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day (10th September) Harmless will be delivering a 2 day ASIST Workshop in Nottingham.

The upcoming training, co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, is designed to increase your skills, abilities and confidence in your job role to support those at risk of suicide and be better prepared to deal with those at risk.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments, lunch and all resources will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Certificate for  each delegate upon completion

Who is ASIST for?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

We mean it when we say that ASIST is for everyone. Virtually anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organisations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.

Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver.

Why is ASIST important?

Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What are the main benefits of attending ASIST training?

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.

Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.

Assisting - Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

Networking - Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our ASIST training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator and ASIST trainer).

To book on this course, click here

Emailtraining@harmless.org.uk or Telephone: 0115 9348445

Date(s): 7th and 8th September 2015 Times: 9am until 5pm (both days)

Training Location: Harmless, NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory

Congratulations Hollie!

The team at Harmless and the Tomorrow Project would like to thank Hollie Smith for helping to raise £500 towards our Suicide Prevention services in East Leake.

The Tomorrow Project needs great fundraising efforts like this one to continue delivering vital support and suicide prevention services as it currently receives no statutory funding.

Hollie’s contribution will go towards the delivery of this work and help us work towards a brighter future for many people.

Congratulations to Hollie for completing the Litchfield Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd May, and thank you to everyone that supported Hollie in her challenge. All of the money raised really does make a difference.

Introduction to Self Harm Training

Our next Introduction to Self Harm Training day will be on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.

This training day will provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. Although there is some opportunity for delegates to explore the impact upon them in their own professional arenas, the training is non-specific to a particular field.

The training day will cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

To book your place, click here, or email training@harmless.org.uk

Date: Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Support Steve to raise funds for self harm services

Steve Grove, has decided to embark on a challenge this year and run a number of 10k runs in order to raise £1000 for our services.

Please help him by making a donation and spreading the word!!!

This year Steve has already completed the Burton Joyce 10k on 3rd January in 48minutes and the Retford half marathon on Sunday 8th March in 1 hour 44.

He is aiming for 1 hour 40 on his next half and will be doing several 10k over the year to equate to 100miles including the Bosworth half marathon in May and the Ramathon in June.

To support Steve and make a donation, please click here

Self Harm Drop In Sessions

Harmless will be offering their bi-monthly drop in sessions.

Our next drop in session will be:

Wednesday 1st April – 15.30 -16.30 – Young Person aged up to 21 years.  

Drop in services are run by trained therapists who are on hand to offer a friendly face and provide information about our self harm services.

If you know of anyone who self harms or you have any concerns about someone such as a family member or colleagues please feel free to join us.

If you would like more information about our services in general please feel free to join us.

Our drop in session are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 (admin line only) or email us at info@harmless.org.uk

Angela Samata – Life After Suicide BBC1 Tuesday March 17th 2015 22.45

As a TASC Core Member and supporter, Harmless would like to inform you all about a programme that is being screened on BBC 1 on Tuesday March 17th at 22.45. A link to the Radio Times is here. The programme is being presented by Angela Samata, who was chair of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and a member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC).

Angela’s partner Mark took his own life 11 years ago and she meets others who have experienced a similar loss, asking why some people choose to take their own lives and whether those left behind can come to terms with their bereavement. She meets Downton Abbey actor David Robb, a Suffolk farmer and Norfolk woman who lives with the suicides of both her husband and son.

 

Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training

There are still places available on our Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training this Thursday, 12th March.

This training will cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

Our  general training days provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. Although there is some opportunity for delegates to explore the impact upon them in their own professional arenas, the training is non-specific to a particular field.

Venue: Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Price: £115 per person (10% discount for charities or for bookings of 5 or more places)

Book your place here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Training/Harmless-Training-Programme/General-Training-12-03-15 or email training@harmless.org.uk

Poetry show raises £115 for self harm services

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, Nottingham poetry collective, The Mouthy Poets and cycling poet, First Time Dave raised funds for Harmless at their spring show Say Sum Thin 8.

First Time Dave is a poet who has been cycling across the UK as part of his “Good To Talk” tour. He has cycled to 10 different cities across 10 days and has performed gigs on each night to raise funds to support a local counselling organisation in each city.

On Friday 27th February he performed alongside The Mouthy Poets, a group of young people based in Nottingham who write and perform poetry. This was their 8th Say Sum Thin show split across 2 nights at Djanogly City Academy, where they have previously worked with students in the school.

Harmless administrator, Hayley Green, is a member of The Mouthy Poets and performed in their headline show on Saturday 28th February. She also introduced First Time Dave at the show on Friday. She said:

“I have always believed in the the benefits that poetry can have on emotional and mental health. In fact, it was poetry that set me on the course of recovery so it was an absolute honour to be able to help raise funds for Harmless as a member of The Mouthy Poets and to represent Harmless at Say Sum Thin 8. First Time Dave was brilliant and I felt very grateful to have been able to welcome him to Nottingham and to talk about the importance of the work that Harmless does.

The reaction and generosity of the audience was overwhelming and I am very pleased to have been able to make this connection and donate the money raised to a service I believe in. I hope to continue to support both Harmless and The Mouthy Poets in my creative and professional life and raise awareness of self harm through the work that I do.”

The show raised £115.19 in total over the 2 nights. This will go directly to supporting individuals who self harm, their friends, family and professionals. It is thanks to efforts like this that we can continue to deliver vital services and we would like to thank First Time Dave, The Mouthy Poets, and all those that kindly donated to the service.

To find out more about First Time Dave and his “Good to Talk” tour, visit his blog here: https://goodtotalktour.wordpress.com/

To find out more about The Mouthy Poets and the work they do, visit their website here: http://www.mouthypoets.com/

Cycling Poetry tour and The Mouthy Poets raise funds for Harmless

Tonight, the Mouthy Poets and cycling poet, First Time Dave, will be raising funds for Harmless at their staple show Say Sum Thin 8!

Dave will be visiting Nottingham as part of his “Good To Talk Tour”, in which he will be cycling to 11 different cities to deliver 11 gigs, in 11 days to support local counselling organisations.

We are very pleased to that First Time Dave has chosen Harmless as the organisation to support in Nottingham. Dave will be performing with the Mouthy Poets tonight (Friday 27th February) at Djanogly Academy Theatre, Sherwood Rise.

Why not go along and support?

Tickets will be available on the door, or you can book them here: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/spoken-word/say-sum-thin-8-scratch-show-with-open-mic/ 

Harmless Training Coordinator Deadline

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

The deadline for our Training Coordinator role is tomorrow (Friday 27th February) at 5pm.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only).

Hours: 22.5 hours per week (To be worked on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)

Pay: £18, 838 to £22, 016 pro-rata (Depending on experience)

Harmless are one of the leading organisations in the field of self harm and suicide prevention in the UK. We deliver a range of training and PSHE courses across the whole of the UK and we are looking to recruit a training development coordinator to lead Harmless’ training department.

The successful applicant will manage a team of trainers to develop, monitor and deliver a range of courses. They will take responsibility for ensuring training content is of a high quality, courses are of an accredited status and delivered by a dynamic and reliable team. The training coordinator will also seek new business and meet targets that will ensure Harmless is meeting its ultimate aim of improving knowledge and skills across our sector, but also generating income that is essential to Harmless’ sustainability.

Harmless currently has great relationships with organisations, professionals and services across the UK; it is of paramount importance that the successful applicant is dedicated and skilled at developing new relationships and gives our delegates a quality learning experience from start to finish.